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Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 7

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Appropriations Wrap-up. House Appropriators are trying to finish drafting the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations bill by March 14 in order to give Congress enough time to pass...more

Georgia Proposes Response to Federal Tax Reform

by Alston & Bird on

Almost two months since the President signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) into law, state legislators across the country are still evaluating the federal tax law’s effects on state revenues and whether to amend state law...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Governor LePage Delivers State of the State Address - Governor LePage delivered his final State of the State address to the Legislature on Tuesday, February 13. The speech, which lasted nearly an hour and a half, focused...more

New Legislation Relaxes 401(k) Plan Hardship Withdrawal Restrictions

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was signed into law on February 9, 2018. Hidden within the legislation are several provisions that relax the restrictions on hardship withdrawals from 401(k) plans. These new provisions that...more

Recent Legislation Will Affect 401(K) Hardship Distributions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Just a few weeks ago, the federal government avoided a potentially lengthy government shutdown when Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the “Act”). You may already know that...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #9

Wrapping up their legislative week, the Senate adopted two provisions today closely watched by state agencies and local school districts. First, the Senate adopted its version of HB 683, the Amended FY 2018 Budget, by a vote...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2018 Legislative Session Preview

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The 2018 Legislative Session begins next week, on Tuesday, February 20. If the interim was any indication, this session is likely to be challenging and fraught with controversy. At the end of last session, Governor Mark...more

Is the New Employer Tax Credit for You?

by FordHarrison on

Under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), businesses are entitled to a general business credit which is made up of several component credits, including the Work Opportunity Credit, the Indian...more

New Opportunity: Make Sure Your Communities Are Included

by Butler Snow LLP on

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted December 22, 2017, offers a new tax incentive for the benefit of low-income communities with the creation of qualified opportunity zones. It is anticipated that the qualified...more

New Tax Bulletin Will Change the Tax Landscape for Many Foreign Universities in China

by Hogan Lovells on

As U.S. colleges and universities rapidly internationalize, it's unsurprising that institutions are increasingly entering the Asian market, especially in China where the student demand for international programs is especially...more

Nomination Portal for Opportunity Zone Designations Now Open

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established Opportunity Zones as a new tool for community development which provides tax incentives to help unlock investor capital to fund businesses in underserved communities. Pursuant to...more

More Planning Tips for Individuals Under New Tax Act

by Ruder Ware on

As Shanna Yonke mentioned in her January 22, 2018 Legal Update The New Tax Law Provides Estate Planning Opportunities, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017. The Act (officially,...more

2018 Federal and Maryland Legislation Changes Regarding Estate and Gift Tax

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

An abundance of tax legislation was signed into law in the final days of 2017. In terms of estate and gift tax, here is what individuals need to keep in mind: Under the new law, which took effect on January 1, 2018, the...more

A Primer on the New Federal Qualified Opportunity Zone Provisions*

by Butler Snow LLP on

For many years, the Internal Revenue Code has provided various incentives aimed at encouraging economic development and investments in low-income and/or distressed communities by providing certain tax benefits to businesses...more

Government Initiatives in Response to Wave of Harassment Allegations Challenges Manufacturers

Two recent developments, generated from the tidal forces of the #MeToo movement should get manufacturers’ attention. On December 22, 2017, Congress adopted a comprehensive tax reform law. Included in the statute is an...more

Tax Cut and Jobs Act Brings Important Changes to NOL Rules

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act made several important changes to the net operating loss (“NOL”) rules. The following is a brief discussion of these changes. Businesses that generate significant NOLs, such as real estate companies...more

Dramatic Change to Federal Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Tax Exemptions

• Each individual’s exemptions from federal estate, gift and GST taxes have roughly doubled to approximately $11,200,000 • The increased exemptions are available only temporarily, through 2025 • We recommend that you...more

West Virginia Legislative Brief 2/9/2018

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

We are officially over the hump as yesterday marked the halfway point of the 2018 Legislative Session. With only 29 legislative days remaining, look for the pace to pick up both in committee and in their respective chambers...more

Energy tax extenders package passed

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (2018 BBA) passed by Congress and signed into law on February 9, 2018, extends and changes tax credits for the renewable energy, alternative fuels and nuclear energy industries, and also...more

Energy-Efficient Homes Credit is Extended for Homes Sold Before December 31, 2017

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The Bipartisan Budget Bill of 2018, which President Trump signed into law on February 9, 2018, has extended the Energy-Efficient Homes Credit for homes sold before December 31, 2017. The extension allows builders a $2,000...more

Early Morning Budget Deal Brings the Return of Previously Expired Short-Term Tax Breaks

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Early this morning, the House and Senate voted to pass a budget deal that included $17 billion in tax provisions, ending a short overnight government shutdown. The bill (H.R. 1892) extends the investment tax credit (ITC) to...more

The Bipartisan Budget Act’s Impact on Retirement Plans

On Friday, February 9, 2018, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the “Budget Act”). The Budget Act contains a number of provisions that affect qualified retirement plans. Plan...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #8

Happy Valentine’s Day to our readers! While chocolates and flowers poured through the doors of various offices in the State Capitol today, lawmakers were working on a number of important issues, including delving deeper into...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #7

Tax reform came to Georgia today with Governor Nathan Deal announcing the State’s response to last year’s federal tax reform. HB 918, carried by Deal’s floor leader Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), allows Georgia taxpayers...more

Employee Benefits Implications of the Bipartisan Budget Act

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (“Act”) was signed into law on February 9, 2018. It includes certain provisions impacting employee benefits, 401(k) plans in particular. The following is a brief description of some notable...more

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